HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – In a sale drawn on the collection of the late Marie-Claude Lalique (1935-2003), the granddaughter of the famed French jewelry designer and glass artisan came out on top. The 271-lot auction, held at Lion and Unicorn on September 10, featured pieces by René Lalique, Marc Lalique (René’s son and Marie-Claude’s father), and Marie-Claude Lalique, who was the last member of the family to run the firm.
The overall top lot was a unique piece handmade and signed by Marie-Claude. The three-panel 80in-tall screen with a mixed media image of glass flowers on a wooden frame with brass hardware achieved $24,000 ($30,000 with buyer’s premium)
The René Lalique lot that commanded the highest sum was not a surprise. A molded plaque of a woman’s face in frosted and clear glass, believed to have been made to grace an interior of the Cote d’Azur Pullman Express luxury train, realized $8,250 ($10,312 with buyer’s premium).
And the highest price for a Marc Lalique piece went to a pair of fogged crystal wall sconces with oak leaf-form tops that can be detached from their crystal and metal bases. The pair earned $5,000 ($6,250 with buyer’s premium).
Many other lots from the Marie-Claude Lalique collection did well, and some were welcome surprises. It’s possible that the same bidder secured a set of four Lalique owl-motif lowball glasses and also a group of three other Lalique owl-motif lowball glasses. Each lot was estimated at $200-$800 and they respectively sold for $2,200 ($2,750 with buyer’s premium) and $1,300 ($1,625 with buyer’s premium).
Also posting head-turning results were a Lalique crystal figure of a Sumatra elephant that earned $2,000 ($2,500 with buyer’s premium) and a Lalique amber crystal lion figure dating to circa 2018 that brought $1,700 ($2,135 with buyer’s premium).